Physician Reentry

Physician reentry is a return to clinical practice in the discipline in which one has been previously trained or certified, following an extended period of clinical inactivity not resulting from discipline or impairment.

As family physicians frequently experience professional opportunities that may take them away from the practice of family medicine for a period of time, and as those physicians are important contributors to the family physician workforce, efforts must be made to identify the processes physicians must complete to obtain appropriate licensure, credentials and privileges to resume practice.

The process for physician reentry should: (1) be transparent for physicians and the public, (2) integrate into current licensure and maintenance of certification procedures, and (3) focus on helping physicians to deliver effective, efficient and high-quality patient care. (2010 COD)